De Ligt fronts up over ‘very stupid’ mistake

Matthijs De Ligt has spoken of his determination to atone for his ‘very silly’ mistake which handed England their lead in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday night.

The Holland defender was caught in possession by Marcus Rashford, who went down under De Ligt’s desperate challenge to earn the Three Lions a penalty.

Rashford converted the spot-kick, but England surrendered their advantage when De Ligt escaped John Stones to head in a second-half equaliser.

Stones then gifted Holland the lead in extra-time before another mix-up in possession presented Quincy Promes with the chance to kill off England with six minutes remaining.

De Ligt accepts he made a needless error but the Ajax captain, who could be heading for PSG, satisfied his desire to make up for an uncharacteristic mistake.

“The penalty action was very silly and I know it very well,” he admitted after the match in Guimaraes.

“I received a ball from De Roon and my intention was to play the ball with Cillessen, but I was late, it was very stupid, because I should not have sent the ball to the goalkeeper.

“I’m very demanding with myself and I had to compensate that error.”

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